Here is a guide to everything you need to know about managing your type-2 diabetes with Victoza.
Does Victoza have any side effects?
Prolonged use of Victoza may result in minor side effects. You may experience dizziness, flu-like symptoms, skin irritation, vomiting, nausea and loss of appetite. Other common side effects include diarrhea and increased likelihood of stomach upsets, fatigue, and mouth sores.
Some people are at a higher risk of experiencing serious side effects. Patients with a history of pancreatic and thyroid problems may develop pancreatic tumors and cancer. To lower such risks, you should report any lumps in your throat and pain in your abdominal region immediately.
Do I need to look into my medical history before taking Victoza?
You need to look into your medical history before taking any new medication. Some treatment plans may increase the risk of certain diseases in people with underlying medical conditions. Others may be incompatible with current medical plans that you are on.
If you have a history of gallbladder, pancreatic, kidney and thyroid problems, you should disclose this information before taking Victoza.
Victoza may also be incompatible with insulin shots and oral diabetes medication such as Glucotrol, Micronase, Amaryl, and Avandaryl.
Will Victoza reduce my blood sugar level
For type-2 diabetes patients, Victoza will control the body’s sugar level by increasing the body’s insulin production.
You can supplement your Victoza treatment plan with lifestyle changes that will increase your body’s ability to break down sugars and fats. You can take up exercise to keep active, helping to break down excess energy in the body. If you are not interested in conventional exercise methods, you may consider jogging, swimming, hiking and other activities that are enjoyable and strenuous.
You may also consider implementing dietary changes to help control your blood sugar levels. You could take up healthy alternatives to processed foods, by replacing canned products with healthy vegetables and fruits. You could also drink more water and reduce your intake of processed beverages.
How is Victoza administered?
The drug is injected subcutaneously through a pre-filled injection pen. Before taking up Victoza, you should receive extensive training on how to handle the process by yourself and how to dispose of needles carefully. You should not use Victoza pens for more than a month.
You should store Victoza as recommended to ensure that the drug is effective and uncontaminated. Vials that are already in use may be stored in room temperature but must be kept away from children. Unopened Victoza pens can be stored in the refrigerator.
Can I get help if I am unable to afford Victoza?
You can get Victoza cost prescription assistance through a number of PAPs that are designed to help uninsured and financially unstable patients. The application process is quick, and can be carried out with the help of your doctor.
If you are successful, you may even get your prescription on the same day!